Global Pet Transport to South Africa

We specialise in moving pets from all major countries to South Africa

Considering relocating your furry friend to the vibrant landscapes of South Africa? Or perhaps you’re planning a temporary journey and can’t imagine leaving your pet behind? PETport is here to make the transition smooth and stress-free for both you and your beloved pet. With years of expertise in the pet relocation industry, PETport stands out as a trusted name in global pet transport to South Africa. Choosing PETport for your pet’s journey ensures:

  • Affordable Rates for top-notch pet transport services.
  • Specialists in handling various pet species, from fur-babies to feather-babies.
  • Customized Transport Solutions tailored to your pet’s specific needs.
  • Use of Quality, Safe Transport Equipment, ensuring your pet’s comfort.
  • Timely and Efficient Service Delivery, minimizing the stress for your pet.
  • End-to-End Pet Relocation Services, from initial consultation to safe delivery.
  • Transparent and Regular Communication, keeping you updated every step of the way.

Give your pet the comfort and safety they deserve during their journey. Reach out to PETport today, and we’ll ensure a seamless relocation experience for your cherished companion to South Africa.

Understanding South Africa’s Unique Pet Import Regulations

South Africa, known for its rich biodiversity and stringent animal protection measures, has specific regulations in place to ensure the health and safety of both local and imported animals. If you’re considering transporting your pet to South Africa, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with these unique regulations:

  • Quarantine Requirements: Depending on the country of origin, pets might be required to undergo a quarantine period upon arrival to ensure they are free from contagious diseases.
  • Vaccination Protocols: Pets must be up-to-date with specific vaccinations, including rabies. Proof of vaccination, typically in the form of a certified health certificate, is mandatory.
  • Microchipping: Before entering South Africa, pets should be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit pet microchip. This helps in easy identification and tracking.
  • Health Checks: A thorough health examination by a licensed veterinarian in the country of origin is required. This should be done within a specific timeframe before travel.
  • Import Permit: An import permit issued by the South African Department of Agriculture is necessary for all pets. This permit outlines the specific conditions based on the pet’s country of origin.
  • Endoparasite and Ectoparasite Treatments: Pets should be treated for internal and external parasites before travel, with the treatments recorded in the health certificate.
  • Banned Breeds: South Africa has restrictions on the import of certain dog breeds. It’s crucial to check if your pet’s breed is allowed entry.
  • Age Restrictions: Generally, puppies and kittens under a certain age (typically 12 weeks) are not allowed to be imported, ensuring they are mature enough for the travel and vaccination process.
  • Travel Crate Specifications: Pets should be transported in IATA-approved travel crates that provide adequate ventilation, space, and comfort.
  • Notification of Arrival: It’s recommended to notify the quarantine station or the point of entry in South Africa about the pet’s arrival in advance.

Understanding and adhering to these regulations is crucial for a hassle-free pet import process to South Africa. Always consult with a professional pet relocation service like PETport to ensure all requirements are met.

Why Use a Professional Pet Shipper?

Relocating a pet internationally is not just about booking a flight. It involves a myriad of processes, regulations, and considerations that can be overwhelming for pet owners. Here’s why using a professional pet shipper like PETport is essential:

  • Expertise in Regulations: Different countries have distinct pet import and export regulations. Professional shippers are well-versed with these rules and ensure compliance, preventing any last-minute hiccups or denials.
  • Safety First: Professional pet shippers prioritize the safety and well-being of your pet. From using IATA-approved crates to ensuring pets are comfortable during transit, every detail is meticulously planned.
  • Stress Reduction: Relocating can be stressful, both for pets and their owners. Professional shippers handle all aspects of the move, allowing pet owners to focus on other aspects of their relocation.
  • Time-Saving: Navigating the paperwork, health checks, and other requirements can be time-consuming. Professional shippers have streamlined processes in place, ensuring efficient and timely relocation.
  • Access to Resources: From veterinarians to crate suppliers, professional pet shippers have a network of resources that can be invaluable during the relocation process.
  • Quarantine Guidance: If quarantine is required, professional shippers provide guidance on the process, duration, and facilities, ensuring pets are well taken care of during this period.
  • Cost-Effective: While there’s a cost involved in hiring a professional, it can often save money in the long run by avoiding mistakes, delays, or missed requirements.
  • Peace of Mind: Perhaps the most significant benefit is the peace of mind knowing that your beloved pet is in expert hands, reducing the risks and uncertainties associated with international pet relocation.

Need to get your pet shipped, talk to PETport today and our team will make sure your Pet travel to South Africa is trouble free and comfortable. 

Moving to SA or Just Travelling?

South Africa, with its rich cultural heritage, diverse landscapes, and burgeoning economy, has seen a recent trend of expatriates returning to its shores. Whether it’s the call of home, the allure of its vibrant cities, or the promise of new opportunities, many South Africans are choosing to come back. And for many of these returning residents, their pets are an integral part of their families, making the journey with them.

The Expat Return Trend:

  • Over the past few years, there’s been a noticeable increase in the number of South African expatriates moving back. This reverse migration is driven by various factors, from personal to economic.
  • While some are returning to reconnect with their roots, others see South Africa as a land of opportunity, especially in the entrepreneurial and tech sectors.

PETport: Making the Journey Seamless for Pets:

For many returning expats, the thought of leaving their pets behind or the complexities of international pet relocation can be daunting. This is where PETport steps in.

  • Comprehensive Services: From understanding the unique requirements of pets traveling to South Africa to handling all the paperwork, PETport offers end-to-end services tailored to each pet’s needs.
  • Safety and Comfort: PETport ensures that pets are transported in the safest and most comfortable manner. Their use of custom handcrafted crates, climate-controlled vehicles, and adherence to international standards ensures that pets have a stress-free journey.
  • Quarantine and Health Checks: With their deep understanding of South African regulations, PETport guides pet owners through the quarantine process, if required, and ensures all health checks and vaccinations are up-to-date.
  • Personal Touch: Understanding the emotional aspect of relocating, PETport offers a personal touch, ensuring regular updates to pet owners and addressing any concerns they might have.

Whether you’re a returning resident moving back to South Africa for good or just visiting for an extended period, PETport ensures that your pets are with you every step of the way, making the journey back to the Rainbow Nation a little easier and a lot more joyful

Visiting South Africa with your Pet

For those not making a permanent move but rather visiting South Africa, whether for business, leisure, or family reasons, the desire to bring their pets along is equally strong. South Africa, with its vast landscapes, national parks, and pet-friendly accommodations, offers a unique experience for both owners and their pets

Why Visitors Choose to Bring Their Pets:

  • Extended Stays: Many visitors come to South Africa for extended periods, making it more feasible and emotionally comforting to have their pets accompany them.
  • Pet-Friendly Tourism: South Africa’s tourism industry has seen a surge in pet-friendly accommodations, cafes, and activities, making it an attractive destination for pet owners.
  • Avoiding Separation Anxiety: Pets, especially dogs and cats, can experience separation anxiety. Bringing them along ensures their emotional well-being

How PETport Assists Visitors:

  • Short-Term Relocation Expertise: PETport has experience not just with permanent relocations but also with short-term stays, understanding the unique requirements and challenges of each.
  • Temporary Housing Solutions: PETport can guide visitors to pet-friendly accommodations and even temporary pet boarding facilities if needed.
  • Return Journey Planning: Once the visit concludes, PETport assists in ensuring a smooth return journey for the pet, handling all the necessary paperwork and logistics.

Visiting South Africa with your pet, even for a short duration, requires meticulous planning and understanding of the regulations. With PETport’s expertise, visitors can enjoy their South African sojourn with their furry companions by their side, making memories that last a lifetime.

Common Pets We Ship to South Africa

South Africa, with its diverse ecosystems and welcoming communities, has become a popular destination for pet relocation. As the demand for pet transport services grows, there are certain types of pets that frequently make the journey to the Rainbow Nation.

Dogs to South Africa:

As loyal companions and family members, dogs top the list of pets being shipped to South Africa. Whether it’s a tiny Chihuahua or a majestic Great Dane, each breed is given specialized care during transit to ensure their comfort and safety.

Cats to South Africa: 

Feline friends, known for their independent yet affectionate nature, are also commonly relocated. Special attention is given to ensure that they are stress-free and comfortable throughout the journey.

Birds to South Africa:

 From parrots to canaries, birds of various species are transported to South Africa. Given their unique requirements, such as specific cages and dietary needs, meticulous planning goes into ensuring their well-being during transit.

Exotic Pets to South Africa: 

Beyond the usual pets, PETport also specializes in shipping exotic animals. Whether it’s a reptile, a rare breed of rodent, or even amphibians, PETport has the expertise to handle the unique requirements and regulations associated with transporting exotic pets. It’s crucial to note that the shipping of exotic pets is subject to strict regulations to ensure both the safety of the animal and the preservation of local ecosystems.

Choosing a professional pet shipper like PETport ensures that, regardless of the type of pet, every animal is treated with the utmost care, respect, and expertise. Their comprehensive services ensure that whether you have a common pet or an exotic one, their journey to South Africa will be smooth and stress-free.

How Much Does Pet Shipping Cost?

The cost of shipping a pet can vary based on several factors, and while it’s challenging to provide a one-size-fits-all price, it’s essential to understand the elements that influence the cost:

  • Type of Pet: Different pets have different requirements. Shipping a dog might differ in cost from shipping a bird or an exotic animal.
  • Distance and Destination: The further the destination, the higher the cost. Additionally, certain destinations might have specific requirements that can influence the price.
  • Size and Weight of the Pet: Larger pets require bigger crates and more space, which can increase the cost.
  • Special Requirements: If a pet has specific medical or dietary needs, it might influence the cost.
  • Time of Year: Shipping during peak seasons might be pricier than during off-peak times.
  • Additional Services: Services like door-to-door pickup and delivery, boarding, or special care can add to the overall cost.

While these factors provide a general idea, the best way to get an accurate quote tailored to your pet’s specific needs is to contact PETPort directly. Their team will provide a detailed breakdown, ensuring transparency and no hidden costs.

Why Trust PETPort?

In the realm of pet transportation, trust is paramount. Pets are not just animals; they are cherished family members, and ensuring their safety and comfort during relocation is a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here’s why PETPort stands out as a trusted name in the industry:

  • Years of Experience: With years in the pet relocation sector, PETPort has garnered invaluable experience, understanding the intricacies of international pet transport.
  • Certifications: PETPort’s affiliations and certifications with international pet and animal transportation associations underscore their commitment to adhering to global standards of pet safety and care.
  • Dedication to Pet Well-being: At the heart of PETPort’s operations is an unwavering dedication to the well-being of pets. Every decision, from the choice of travel crate to the route of transport, is made with the pet’s comfort and safety in mind.
  • Transparent Communication: PETPort believes in keeping pet owners informed at every step of the journey, ensuring transparency and peace of mind.
  • Tailored Solutions: Understanding that every pet is unique, PETPort offers tailored solutions, ensuring that each pet’s specific needs are catered to.

In essence, trusting PETPort with your pet’s relocation means entrusting them to a team that views your pet’s journey not just as a task, but as a responsibility.

Pet Shipping to South Africa FAQ

What types of pets can PETPort transport? 

PETPort specializes in transporting a wide range of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, and even exotic animals. Each type of pet is given specialized care tailored to its needs.

How long does the pet shipping process take?

 The duration of the shipping process varies based on the destination, type of pet, and specific requirements. It’s best to consult with PETPort directly for a precise timeline.

Are there any breeds of dogs or cats that cannot be shipped?

Some countries have restrictions on specific breeds. PETPort can provide detailed information on breed-specific regulations for your destination.

How can I ensure my pet is comfortable during the journey?

PETPort uses IATA-approved travel crates, climate-controlled vehicles, and ensures regular feeding and hydration to keep pets comfortable.

What happens if my pet needs medical attention during transit?

PETPort has protocols in place for emergencies, and in the rare event that a pet requires medical attention, they will be taken to a vet immediately.

Do I need to provide food and toys for my pet during transit?

While PETPort ensures pets are fed, you can provide familiar toys or blankets to comfort your pet. Specific food can also be provided if your pet has dietary restrictions.

How is the cost of pet shipping determined?

Several factors influence the cost, including the type of pet, destination, size, and additional services. Contacting PETPort directly will provide an accurate quote.

Can I track my pet’s journey?

Yes, PETPort offers tracking services, allowing pet owners to stay updated on their pet’s location and well-being throughout the journey.

What if my pet is anxious or has never traveled before?

PETPort’s team is trained to handle pets with varying temperaments. They offer guidance on preparing your pet for travel and ensuring their comfort throughout the journey.

Are there any specific vaccinations my pet needs before travel?

Vaccination requirements vary based on the destination. PETPort will provide a detailed list of necessary vaccinations and health checks for your pet’s intended destination.

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